Smokers’ Rights Association
Contact: Jesse O. Kurtz For Immediate Release
CITIZENS GROUP OPPOSES ANY FURTHER GOVERNMENT-IMPOSED
CASINO SMOKING BAN
500+ People Urge Atlantic City Councilmen to Vote “No” on an Increased Smoking Ban
Smokers Rights’ Association has formed to protest Councilman G. Bruce Ward’s proposed casino smoking ban. The Councilman and his co-sponsors are following the lead of Trenton, incrementally eroding New Jersey’s civil liberties and business rights. Smoking bans attack liberty and harm business in the name of health. The existing City-imposed casino smoking ban is partially responsible for Atlantic City’s recent revenue losses.
The issue of smoking in casinos has three components: 1) health, 2) business, & 3) liberty. There has been a lot of talk about health, speculation about business implications, but as SRA Spokesman Jesse O. Kurtz points out, “Where is the talk about Liberty?” Kurtz asks, “Have people in Atlantic City forgotten about the America promise of freedom?” The proposed smoking ban further encroaches on civil liberties. We will be speaking on the issue at tonight’s City Council meeting.
SRA represents over 500 members, who are against government dictating smoking policy to private business. SRA stands for the existence of smoking, partially-smoking, and non-smoking establishments based on individual choice, not government imposition. Against a well-funded, militant anti-smoking lobby, our organization has enjoyed unprecedented success in the less-than-three weeks we have been established. Taxes and tobacco settlements fund anti-smoking groups; we are a 100% volunteer-based organization.
The SRA is committed to defending the freedoms of smokers in America. We also defend the right for individual businesses to determine if their establishment will permit, partially permit, or prohibit smoking. We are free and should be permitted to make individual decisions that affect our lives. Smoking bans hurt America and Americans. Government bureaucrats imposing smoking bans abandon the power of legal persuasion to convey their anti-smoking agenda. Those government agents seize and expand the power of government to unjustly order society to their ideas of the perfect society. We need to stop the encroachment on civil liberties.
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